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Platform Steps Up

We believe in good beer, and the idea that beer can go way beyond its liquid form. And that, in a nutshell is the pitch for Platform Brewing, whose community-minded approach to craft brewing now has a taste…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Unchain My Hops

It’s been easy to take Gordon Biersch for granted all these years. As a restaurant, it’s been a solid fixture in the Arena District pretty much since the area was developed, serving up an American-casual…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew in the ‘Shoe

Beer on the hallowed grounds of Ohio Stadium? Seems like a fantasy world many Buckeye fans have imagined for decades; selling alcohol on the sacrosanct campus of Ohio State University, until this upcoming season, has…

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Hitting the Ale Trail

Athens might be the perfect college town. The rolling, emerald hills of Southeastern Ohio ensconce the venerable Ohio University and its host community with postcard-worthy scenery. Aside from the OU campus, there’s not a lot…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Proust: Hoof Hearted

Everyday one of my friends posts some sort of questionnaire on Facebook. Name your 20 favorite albums/books/movies; leave a memory of us; if you were an animal, which would you be? These are irritating, but…

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Nooze: March

Over in Franklinton things are going just swimmingly for Land Grant Brewing Co., now in its second year of operation, so it seems fitting that they would release the second addition to their (life) aquatic…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Coming Together

Stone Brewing founder and Pataskala native Greg Koch has been known to advise aspiring brewers to plan everything out in detail and then multiply it by five. After all, opening up a brewery is an…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

In Their Element

It’s easy to take Studio 35 for granted. The humble, single screen cinema has been tucked away in Clintonville’s backyard for decades. “Oh,” someone will say as recognition kicks in, “that’s the Rocky Horror place.”…

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Beyond the Pale (Ale)

It’s old news now—Stone Brewing Company suggested Columbus as a location for BrewDog’s North American headquarters, and in relatively short order, the Scottish brewer confirmed that it would have a sprawling operation brewing beer here…

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What’s Brewing

Columbus Brewing Company and Four String have undertaken huge expansions, and Brew Dog plans to bring some international street cred to our brewing game in less than a year, but what’s the story with other…

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Photo by Adam Barhan/Creative Commons

GOSE Town

At Beer School, we’re not particular fond of the shandy, which basically involves mixing a light lager with some lemonade. It’s OK, but there are better ways to booze up your lemonade, and since a…

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Beyond the Pale Ale

It’s old news now—Stone Brewing Company suggested Columbus as a location for BrewDog’s North American headquarters, and in relatively short order, the Scottish brewer confirmed that it would have a sprawling operation here brewing beer…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Much Abrew

They say stats don’t lie, and so there is often a preoccupation with numbers when it comes to craft brewing. How many barrels are you putting out? What’s your maximum capacity? Square footage? Ceiling height? Penis size?…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

The Big Rollout

I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret: For all the excitement over the influx of new brewers we’ve seen hanging their shingles in town, some of the product has been…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

A Rare Breed of Brew

If you’re opening a brewery in 2015, you’d better deliver the goods right out of the gate. You’re going to get accolades regardless, because people love the new local guy, but you need to ignore…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Throwing Smoke

Lenny Kolada is giddy. The man who introduced Columbus to the classic brewpub nearly a quarter of a century ago has a silly grin plastered across his face because things are heating up at the Smokehouse…

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Beer Buddies

You may wonder why this list exists. And why should you care about what beers I like to drink? After all, I hold no official title of beer expert (I should totally get my cicerone…

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Booze News

Brewery Beat Pigskin Brewing Company opened in February. Originally planned to open near Grandview, the sports-centric brewery is located in downtown Gahanna. Lineage Brewing last month received their federal brewer’s permit. There are still state…

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Booze News

Brewery Beat Columbus Brewing Company revealed plans for new branding, including new bottles and labels. The brewery is expanding later this year into a 50,000 square-foot production facility with a 30bbl brewhouse. Smokehouse Brewing Company…

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Beer School

We’ve covered sours, and they picked up another mention last month when we delved into Belgians. Now, we’re going to revisit the subject with a concentration on the augmented varieties known as lambics, and their…

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Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Beer Country

Most breweries have a distinct steampunk vibe—with their tanks, and pipes, and valves, and important-looking gauges. When you visit a brewery, you expect an industrial experience. If there’s food, it’s going to be some pretzels…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Beer School: Black Days

What’s the difference between and stout and a porter? Everybody seems to have an opinion on this, but the correct answer is simple: none. You can go back and study the history of the two…

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Photo by Chris Casella

North High & Rising

The business concept behind North High Brewing is hard to take seriously because it seems like a couple of guys decided to make money by inviting people to come and brew with them. In truth,…

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Photo by Chris Casella

Brewing Up

The universe is in a state of expansion, and that’s the name of the game when it comes to craft beer in Columbus. While Stone spurned us in favor of the former capital of the…

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Beer School

If you’ve acquired the sophistication to appreciate the beers we explore here, you’ve probably acquired a lot of stuff as well. Now Christmas is coming and the odds are pretty good that you’re going to…

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